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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Turn the dial on your memory back to March of this year, when the surprising news came that Steven Spielberg was developing another project originated by Stanley Kubrick, who famously provided the basis for A.I. In this case, it was his long-cherished Napoleon project, which Spielberg had decided to turn into a miniseries. Now we know who is in his sights to direct it: Baz Luhrmann.According to Deadline, it’s early days for any deal, but the Great Gatsby director is in line to take on what could become the biggest and most high-profile project for American cable channel HBO in recent memory. The original vision for Napoleon is quite possibly the most famous unfinished film in Kubrick’s archive. He wrote the script in 1961 after ploughing months into research and gathering thousands upon thousands of location photos, slides and pages of notes about the idea.Yet MGM and United Artists, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay Films/Starz
Set in a small Alabama town in 1969, the film follows the aftermath of the death of an eccentric family’s long-estranged wife and mother. Two different families come together for the funeral, bringing up old scars and threatening to expose secrets.
The movie was released on a handful of theaters, but wasn’t loved by critics, who said it as bloated. New York Times‘ Stephen Holden said, “In its best moments, you can see what the film might have »
Director Kevin Smith's absurd sounding Tusk has released its first image. Although it doesn't show any of the characters, it does offer up a look at a gloriously disturbing diagram of the part man/part walrus hybrid....
Smith took to Instagram to reveal the image noting, "'Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?' We wrap Tusk this Friday! Will be tough to leave Nc as I'm so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we're making! #WalrusYes"
Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Drag Me to Hell), Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, A.I. Artificial Intelligence) and Genesis Rodriguez (The Last Stand, Identity Thief) star in the surreal film based on the advert for a roommate that only demands for the roommate to wear a walrus costume and only act like a walrus. The film shall be released in 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
A devastating indictment of pop culture as propaganda — about its power and the limits of its powers — and an upending of the typical teen-girl romance movie. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Luke Skywalker never suffered from Ptsd.
Well, we can presume he did. We can easily imagine that he woke up from nightmares drenched in sweat. We just never saw it onscreen. Depicting that sort of thing used to be the domain of angsty fan fiction. Nowadays, Tony Stark, in 3D IMAX, can’t sleep after New York. And we get our reintroduction to Katniss Everdeen, cowinner of the 74th Hunger Games, via a tremendously horrific flashback she experiences in what was once her safe place, her secret hunting grounds in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Review Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 06:25
We take a look at Mark Kermode's latest book, Hatchet Job, where he takes issue with the modern movie critic....
I find myself in a nice, rare position with Mark Kermode's latest book, Hatchet Job. Ostensibly the third part of his four-part trilogy of 'radio voice' film titles (as opposed to his more academic tomes; a book on pop music's intersection with film is next), the conundrum for this site is that he says nice things about Den Of Geek in the book. As such, in the interests of transparency, I felt we should highlight that from the off. So whilst this is a review, and whilst this is impartial, it'd be remiss that you didn't know we come out of it rather well. If that bothers you, as the man himself might say, "other opinions are available". Will Self didn't like it, »
Welcome to Issue 20 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: While Marvel properties spoil us rotten with trailers, the other guys quietly up and leave me all alone.
What to discuss this week, as we’re right on the cusp of all being able to talk about Thor: The Dark World and it’s many secrets?
We pause, for a moment, to remember DC Comics NYC, the publishing house that – like industry rival Marvel – has come to represent one of two standards in comic’s entertainment will be pulling their New York City offices and moving them across the country to Burbank, California to be closer to their parent company, Warner Brothers.
This makes a certain degree of sense, assuming that it’s easier to »
Turturro, best known for roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the Transformers franchise, will be presented with the festival’s Special Award to Actor-Director at a ceremony in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
A regular collaborator with the Coen brothers, Turturro most recently wrote and directed comedy Fading Gigolo, which will receive its Polish premiere at the festival.
The production designer and art director also boasts credits including Amistad,A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Cast Away, War of the Worlds, What Lies Beneath, Jurassic Park, and Back to the Future Part II »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Interview Simon Brew 11 Oct 2013 - 04:26
Mark Kermode talks to us about his new book, the current state of film criticism, and a little film he wants the world to know about...
Mark Kermode's new book, Hatchet Job, is a dissection of the current state of film criticism. It's a fascinating read, and he settled down for half an hour of solid chat about it in London with us last week. Here's how it went...
Your book raises a lot of interesting points about movie critics, but also hinted widely at the ecosystem around them. In your earlier book, It's Only A Movie, you recount the story of you going on radio on Lbc for your on-air movie reviewing debut. And both you and your mother do not recall that it was your finest hour.
But when you first broadcast a review, and put your name to it, that »
Two-time Oscar winning production designer Rick Carter has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed February 8 at the 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Carter won the Academy Award last year for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and for 2010′s Avatar and was nominated for Forrest Gump (2004) and War Horse (2011). His career began in 1976 on Bound For Glory and he has had a long association with Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, working on such films as The Goonies (1985), the Back To The Future trilogy franchise, the Jurassic Park franchise, Amistad (1997), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and War Of The Worlds (2005). His other credits include Death Becomes Her (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Munich (2005) and Sucker Punch (2011). He is currently working on Jurassic Park IV. The Adg Awards‘ nominations will be unveiled January 9. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
A big part of what makes Stephen Spielberg such a standout director is his ability to tell a story. Within that ability is a subcategory that is just as important. That is the ability to develop and maintain quality characters. Keeping that in mind this list is dedicated to the top ten characters Spielberg created. If a character was based on a real person or already established in another medium, like a novel, they were not eligible for his list. This list was reserved for characters that Spielberg was responsible for bringing to the forefront…
10) Duel Tractor-Trailer
I know calling a vehicle a character might turn some people off. How can inanimate object be considered a character? Well if you watch Duel you will get your answer. From the grimy design to the it’s menacing presence this simple vehicle became a vindictive object bent on destruction. Right from the »
- Phil Wheat
Boos and groans greeted news that there was no news.
Fans gathered in the Anaheim Convention Center for Disney’s D23 on Saturday hoping for some sort of tease about the highly anticipated seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. We were, of course, warned yesterday that there wasn’t going to be any news. But we didn’t expect it to be true.
Alan Horn, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, had the unlucky task of introducing the Disney live-action properties, and even led with “welcoming” Lucasfilm into the Disney family. He talked about his history working with Kathleen Kennedy »
- Lindsey Bahr
14 years ago, audiences experienced one of the most shocking twists in cinematic history with "The Sixth Sense."The 1999 horror flick made M. Night Shyamalan the "it" director in Hollywood (a promise he's sadly not lived up to), and a star out of child actor Haley Joel Osment.Haley would earn a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for the role -- and cemented a place in pop culture with the phrase "I see dead people." He'd go onto star in "Pay It Forward" and "Artificial Intelligence: A.I." -- filmed all before he was even a teen.In 2006, Haley traded "A.I." for a DUI. The actor overturned his car after crashing into a brick mailbox near his home. Fortunately, he escaped with only a broken rib and fractured right shoulder. Haley plead no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and misdemeanor drug possession, and was sentenced to three years probation. »
- tooFab Staff
As a film fan, it’s frustrating when a filmmaker has their virtues extolled well past what is reasonable or sensible. Yes, every director you’re about to see appear on this list is talented – and in most cases, extremely talented – yet each has had their own hype-train go wildly off the rails and out of control, to the point where viewers might be tempted to temper their appreciation for the filmmaker in that instance.
It’s just human nature that when we hear so much praise for something – all the more so if we’re not too familiar with it at the time – we are likely to express disappointment with the final product, and such is the case with these 10 movie directors.
Whether a result of film buffs giving their favourite filmmaker a free pass because of nostalgia, or because casual audiences are unable to realise when a director »
- Shaun Munro
Maybe you think of "Jurassic Park" as the movie that surpassed "E.T." to become the biggest Steven Spielberg film ever, as well as one of the biggest hits of all time. Or maybe you think of it as the film that, through its landmark CGI dinosaurs, helped usher in the age of digital filmmaking. Or maybe you just think of it as the movie that scared the pants off you when you saw it in theaters two decades ago (the film marks its 20th anniversary on June 11) and every time you've watched it since on TV.
However you regard it, "Jurassic Park" has seemed a ubiquitous, inescapable fixture of pop culture for 20 years. And yet there are still things about it you may not know, such has how Spielberg chose his cast, how several teams of effects artists came together to build those pioneering dinosaurs, and whether or not it »
- Gary Susman
From the Press Release:
Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment today announced they have co-acquired North American rights to Francesca Gregorini’s (Tanner Hall) psychological thriller Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel (Hitchcock, The Illusionist), Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”, Wuthering Heights), Alfred Molina (An Education, Spider-Man 2), and Frances O'Connor (The Importance of Being Earnest, A.I.). Writer/director Gregorini produced the film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with Matthew R. Brady (Mrb).
Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment plan a late 2013 theatrical release along with On Demand platforms, where it will be available in more than 50 million homes in the U.S. and Canada through a variety of video-on-demand offerings as well as iTunes, »
- The Woman In Black
Tribeca Film and Well Go USA have teamed up to acquire the North American rights to Francesca Gregorini’s"Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," which stars Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario. Full press release below. New York, NY – May 13, 2013 – Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment today announced they have co-acquired North American rights to Francesca Gregorini’s (Tanner Hall) psychological thriller Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel (Hitchcock, The Illusionist), Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”, Wuthering Heights), Alfred Molina (An Education, Spider-Man 2), and Frances O'Connor (The Importance of Being Earnest, A.I.). Writer/director Gregorini produced the film with Matthew R. Brady (Mrb) which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In what Twitch calls “a story unlike anything I’ve seen on the screen before” Emanuel (Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (Biel), who bears a »
- Peter Knegt
Or at least, for the time being. Unless, of course, Dreamworks gets another director for “Robopocalypse”, because it looks like Steven Spielberg, who has been attached to direct for a while now, has found his next gig, and it ain’t called “Robopocalypse”. Instead, the trades have Spielberg already moving on to direct the military thriller “American Sniper” with Bradley Cooper starring. Honestly, though, I kind of expected this. “Robopocalypse” just looks and sounds too much like some of the films Spielberg has already done in the past. Movies like “A.I.”, “War of the Worlds”, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if, while he was working on a slimmer down version of the film, he decided he’s already done this movie and moved on. Whatever the case, it looks like the robot apocalypse will have to wait a little longer. Of course, the studio could always get a new »
Here's former child star turned perfectly bronzed and coiffed "Splash" host Joey Lawrence in L.A. on Monday (left) -- and Jude Law as the humanoid robot Gigolo Joe in the 2001 flick "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (right).Whoa.We're just sayin'. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Long before he was Agent Phil Coulson, Clark Gregg was one of those familiar actors who popped up in a garden variety of films like We Were Soldiers, Spartan, Magnolia, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, as well as TV shows like The West Wing, The Shield (that's right, folks, not his first rodeo), and The New Adventures of Old Christine. He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk's Choke in 2008, an underrated pic that fully captured the essence of the source »
- Paul Shirey
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